Office of the President of the UN General Assembly
Kamal has close to 20 years of experience in political mediation, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and regional political issues in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. He is currently the Political Director of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, overseeing political, human rights, humanitarian and legal issues. In this capacity, he steered the Office’s efforts leading to the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees & Migrants and the Political Declaration on Combating Trafficking in Persons, as well as led the Office’s engagement in the negotiations towards the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration (2015-). He served as Chief of Staff of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Cote d’Ivoire (2013-15) and led the Office of the UN-African Union Joint Special Representative for Darfur (2011-13). He also served as Special Assistant to the UN Envoy to Myanmar (2008-11), and had spent many years supporting the UN’s engagement towards the stabilization of Iraq (2004-08). He was part of the early missions working on the political transition in Iraq and tasked with organizing the country’s first elections. His international career began in the Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (2002), after which he joined the Office of Arab League’s Secretary-General Amr Moussa, advising on Iraq issues (2003). Prior to devoting himself to international cooperation, Kamal was working on sustainable development and urban planning issues in Tunisia, Libya and Morocco (1998-2001). Kamal was elected to the Executive Board of Sciences Po Paris in 2002 & 2003. He is an Architect and a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University. He speaks fluent Spanish, English, French, Arabic and Amazigh.